The African Caribbean Association (ACA) was revitalized in 2017 and became an agency of the Diplomatic Congress in 2020. ACA showcases African & Caribbean cultures and seeks to increase cultural awareness at F&M. ACA strives to create a supportive, and celebratory space for African and Caribbean students to embrace their cultures. We seek to amplify the voices and experiences of African and Caribbean students. We encourage all students and other F&M community members to actively engage in our activities that exemplify the diverse, vast, and inquisitive cultures of African and Caribbean countries.
ACA's Executive Board
- Graphic Media Representative: Sari Balthazar '22 (far left)
- Treasurer: Ibukun Ogunwomoju '21
- Secretary: Najeda Regis '21
- Community Outreach: Patrice Matthews '21
- Co-President: Abigael Gebremariam '21
- Co-President: Amaya Langaigne '21
- Event Coordinator: Hermela Assefa '22
- Senior Advisor: Ruth Woldu '20
- Social Media Representative: Diamond Miller '22 (far right)
West Indian Labor Day Parade
The West Indian Labor Day Parade is inspired by Carnival, which is celebrated in several Caribbean countries and cities in the U.S. Enjoy these pictures from our 2019 celebration!
Our first celebration took place in 2018. A celebration of Caribbean cultures through vibrant and colorful costumes. The celebration consists of music, dances, food, and other festivities that bring people together.
Caribbean American Heritage Month
The Genesis of Culture Annual Cultural Pageant
The pageant was created in 2019 to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of African and Caribbean countries. Our 2019 pageant winners were Cristiaan Dailey (Mr. Cuba) and Theliah Hutson (Ms. Guyana).
The cultural pageant showcases students from African and Caribbean countries and their expression of cultural pride. Our event featured segments such as formal attire, cultural wear, talent, and guest performances.
Our lovely contestants pictured above were going to represent their cultures in our 2020 Genesis of Culture Pageant. Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel the 2020 pageant, but each of our contestants had amazing outfits, talent, and great energy lined up.
African Pride Week
Our first African Pride Week took place in Fall 2019, and consisted of a full week of events celebrating different African cultures!
We had an informative and enlightening trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.
Taste of Africa cooking session on Ethiopian sambusas and Nigerian meat pies. Students had the opportunity to make each of the cultural snacks.
During our Afrobeats Dance Lesson & Paint Night students had the opportunity to paint and learn Afrobeat dance moves.
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